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Stephen Woolgar research materials on pulsars, 1973-1976

Description of Collection


American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives.

Papers created by

Woolgar, Stephen.

Size of collection

0.75 linear feet
1 half manuscript box(s)
1 tape/card box(s)

Short description of collection

This collection consists of interviews with thirty-nine physicists, astronomers, and radio astronomers involved in the discovery and subsequent work on pulsars.

Language(s) of collection


Collection number:


Biographical Note

Sociologist. On the sociology faculty at Brunel University, Uxbridge, England. His publications include articles in Sociology and Social Studies of Science. He is interested in scientific discourse.

Scope and Contents of Collection

Audio recordings, notes, and transcripts. The collection consists of interviews with thirty-nine physicists, astronomers, and radio astronomers involved in the discovery and subsequent work on pulsars. These interviews were conducted in connection with Woolgar's thesis entitled "The emergence and growth of research areas in science with special reference to research on pulsars." The longest interviews are with S. Jocelyn Bell, Geoffrey Burbidge,R.D. Davies, Edward J. Groth, James E. Gunn, Richard N. Henriksen, Anthony Hewish, Michael Kesteven, A.G. Lyne, Jeremiah P. Ostriker, F. Graham Smith, Kip S. Thorne, and Sachiko Tsuruta. Three interviews were not taped; only four tape-recorded interviews were transcribed.

Restrictions on Use and Access

Researchers must have an approved access application on file in order to access archival materials.

Selected Search Terms

These papers have been indexed in the International Catalog of Sources for History of Physics and Allied Sciences (ICOS) using the following terms. Those seeking related materials should search under these terms.


Bell, S. Jocelyn.
Burbidge, Geoffrey R.
Davies, R. D.
Groth, Edward John, III.
Henriksen, Richard N.
Hewish, A.
Kesteven, Michael.
Lyne, A. G.
Ostriker, Jeremiah P.
Smith, F. Graham.
Thorne, Kip S.
Tsuruta, Sachiko.
Woolgar, Steve.

Subject terms


Organization and Arrangement of Collection

This collection is organized into two series:

  • Series I: Interview transcripts and notes
  • Series II: Interview recordings

Series I is arranged alphabetically by the interviewee's last name, and Series II is arranged chronologically.

Provenance and Acquisition Information

Received from Stephen Woolgar, 1979.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Lara D'Agaro in 2007.

Preferred Citation of Collection

Box [number], Folder [number], Stephen Woolgar research materials on pulsars, . American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library & Archives, College Park, MD 20740, USA.

Administrative Information


Finding Aid to the Stephen Woolgar research materials on pulsars, 1973-1976


American Institute of Physics Niels Bohr Library & Archives

One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740


Encoding Information

Machine-readable finding aid encoded by Melanie J. Brown in 2007. Any revisions made to this finding aid occurred as part of the editing and encoding process.

Series I: Interview transcripts and notes

Box 1 Folder 1 Argue, A. N., undated
Folder 2 Arnett, W. D., 1973
Folder 3 Bailey, Judy, undated
Folder 4 Burnell, S. Jocelyn, 1973
Folder 5 Burbidge, Geoffrey, 1974
Folder 6 Chitre, Shashikumar M., 1973
Folder 7 Daintree, E. J., 1975
Folder 8 Davies, J. G., 1975
Folder 9 Davies, Rodney, 0975
Folder 10 Ferrari, A., 1973
Folder 11 Green, L. C., 1974
Folder 12 Groth, Edward John III, 1973
Folder 13 Gunn, James Edward, 1973
Folder 14 Henriksen, Richard N., 1973
Folder 15 Hewish, Anthony, 1973-1976
Folder 16 Kesteven, Michael, 1975
Folder 17 Lyne, A. G., 1975
Folder 18 Mackay, C.D., undated
Folder 19 Michel, F. Curtis, 1973
Folder 20 Ostriker, Jeremiah P., 1973
Folder 21 Pethick, C., 1973
Folder 22 Pointon, L., 1975
Folder 23 Rees, M., undated
Folder 24 Ronson, B., 1975
Folder 25 Salvati, M., 1973
Folder 26 Scott, P. F., undated
Folder 27 Seradakis, John H., 1975
Folder 28 Shakeshaft, J., undated
Folder 29 Shaham, J., 1973
Folder 30 Skilling, John, undated
Folder 31 Smith, Francis Graham, 1975
Folder 32 Thorne, Kip S., 1973
Folder 33 Trimble, Virginia, undated
Folder 34 Tsuruta, Sachiko, 1974
Folder 35 Van den Bergh, S., 1973
Folder 36 Von Reinhardt, M., 1973
Folder 37 Wagoner, Robert V., 1974
Folder 38 Weber, Joseph, 1973
Folder 39 Willstrop, R.V., undated

Series II: Interview recordings

Box 2 Folder 1 Side 1: Weber, J.; Side 2: Ferrari, A., 1973
Folder 2 Side 1: Chitre, S.M.; Side 2: Arnett, W.D., 1973
Folder 3 Side 1: Salvati, M.; Side 2: Henriksen, R.N., 1973
Folder 4 Side 1: Michel, F. Curt; Side 2: Thorne, K.S., 1973
Folder 5 Side 1: Pethick, C.; Side 2: Shaham, J., 1973
Folder 6 Side 1: Groth, E.J. III; Side 2: Gunn, J., 1973
Folder 7 Side 1: Willstrop, R.V.; Side 2: Argue, A.N., 1974
Folder 8 Side 1: Mackay, C.D.; Side 2: Rees, M., 1974
Folder 9 Side 1: Shakeshaft, J.; Side 2: Bailey, Judy, 1974
Folder 10 Side 1: Scott, P.F.; Side 2: Trimble, V., 1974
Folder 11 Side 1: Skilling, J.; Side 2: Skilling, J. (continued), 1974
Folder 12 Side 1: Wagoner, R. and Burbidge, G.; Side 2: Burbidge, G. (continued), 1974
Folder 13 Side 1: Tsuruta, S.; Side 2: Tsuruta, S. (continued), 1974
Folder 14 Side 1: Seradakis, J.H.; Side 2: Seradakis, J.H. (continued), 1975
Folder 15 Side 1: Pointon, L.; Side 2: Daintree, E.J. and Rowson, B., 1975
Folder 16 Side 1: Davies, J.G. and Kesteven, M.; Side 2: Kesteven, M. (continued), 1975
Folder 17 Side 1: Lyne, A.G.; Side 2: Davies, J.G., 1975
Folder 18 Side 1: Smith, F.G.; Side 2: Smith, F.G. (continued), 1975
Folder 19 Side 1: Hewish, A., 1975
Folder 20 Side 1: Hewish, A.; Side 2: Ostriker, J.P., 1973